The Drop (2014)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 2014.  , , , , , .  Screenplay by , based on his short story Animal Rescue.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

‘s Brooklyn bar is a quiet, out of the way joint that was purchased from him by Chechen mobsters who now use it as a central station for payment drops.  Gandolfini still runs the place, assisted by his quiet, unassuming cousin (Tom Hardy) who sees everything and says nothing.  Two events conspire to make these two nobodies in a shady world the centre of a violent storm:  the bar is held up by masked thieves, and Hardy finds an adorable pitbull puppy in a garbage can, still alive but savagely beaten.  After he cleans it up with the help of the woman () upon whose property he found it, Hardy crosses paths with a psychologically unstable bully () who wants the dog back and wants trouble even more.  A rich, intelligent screenplay by Dennis Lehane, adapting his own story Animal Rescue, weaves these various characters throughout and then ties them up perfectly for the explosive conclusion, brought to life beautifully by Michael R. Roskam’s sturdy direction, the atmospheric cinematography and a layered, fascinating performance by Hardy that only gets more intensely watchable with each passing scene.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2014

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